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Two Date Calculators Useful for Genealogy

Today I noticed a small water leak coming from the furnace in our basement. We had the furnace humidifier serviced in January. There was a 90-day guarantee for replacement of a water pad in the humidifier. I wanted to calculate exactly how long it was since the service was done. I searched on Google for

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Using Google Translate To Understand Email in Finnish

On Saturday (04 Mar 2017), I sent an email in English to a cousin in Finland wishing her a happy 70th birthday. On Monday, I received the following reply: Rakkaat sukulaiseni Wally Huskonen js James _______ siellä Ameriikassa. Suuret kiitokseni 70 vuotis päiväni muistamisesta ja onnentoivotuksista. Varmaankin sisareni Heli on siitä Teille viestitellyt. pyydän välittämään tervehdykseni

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Address Lookup for Relative Was Instructive

When we sent out our 2016 annual holiday letter a few days ago, we expected that we might get a few “not deliverable” returns. Sure enough, today we did get one envelope back. Ironically, we had received a Christmas card from this family but in our haste to hold down clutter, we threw away the envelope

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Where’s Otto? The Final Chapter

One year ago, I started on a journey to track down the family of my uncle by marriage, Frank Nikkari. When I started, I only had his obituary and his social security application card (I had purchased it back in the day, when it cost only $7). But there was the Internet, and Ancestry.com, and

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Breaking News: Use Google to Search in 1940 Census

I just discovered something interesting: You can use Google to search in Ancestry.com’s version of the 1940 Census database. I was searching for information on my uncle, Wallace Dingman, using Google, and up popped a hit on his 1940 census record in Buffalo, New York. It actually was the No. 4 hit in the list

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